Joomla! is software; that we all know. But if its popularity was rated in radioactivity, it would well-and-truly be considered as having reached critical mass. The world's most-popular, award-winning, Open Source CMS (Content Management System) has topped One Terabyte (1024 Gigabytes) of data transfer for the month of April (excluding the Forge). This is enormous, and it reflects the exponential growth the project has been enjoying in recent times.
Sure, we know the metaphor defies nuclear physics, but you should appreciate the humour.
Core Team member Brad Baker cracked open the statistics package during the weekend to notice "all the dials were glowing". In fact, Brad and Chris Adams, of Rochen, have had to upgrade our servers to deal with amazing loads they've not seen before. Traffic to Joomla! sites has doubled since February.
Core Team Member Andy Miller wanted everyone to see the buzz at the Boston LinuxWorld, so he's set up a webcam for us to check things out.
Andy, Mitch Pirtle and Louis Landry are attending the Joomla! stand at the show. They guys have been inundated with visitors who want to know more about Joomla!
The guys have been giving presentations to users of all skill levels — beginners to experts. On Monday night, they presented at the Boston PHP User Group. The presentation included a Skype with the Joomla! Lead Developer Johan Janssens for a quick question and answer session — where there was considerable interest in the forthcoming Joomla! 1.5 beta release.
Update 06/04 : Read Mitch's blog post about 'Day Zero' and see Mitch rubbing shoulders with Miguel de Icaza of GNOME here.
Update 08/04 : Download the podcast from the Boston PHP User Group presentation
Update 09/04 : Read Mitch's summaries of each days activities: 'Day One', 'Day Two ' and the 'Final Day'.
Update 12/04 : Read the Ars Technica interview with the gang at Boston Expo.
LinuxWorld & NetworkWorld Canada Conference & Expo April 24-26, 2006
"Where the IT Industry Meets!" LWNW 2006 is the number one marketplace for management and IT professionals to interact, learn about the newest applications and solutions, and see demonstrations of leading information technology based products and services in a mixed environment.
If you're a Joomla! fan make sure you're there for the conference April 24-26, and the trade show April 25-26, at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Bldg, Toronto.
April will be a busy month for Joomla!. We will be attending the LinuxWorld Expo in both Boston and Toronto. Our Dutch community has also informed us about their first Joomla! Day. We hope many other communities will follow their lead.
Boston Linuxworld Expo, April 3-6, 2006
The Joomla! project will be presented at the LinuxWorld 2006 at the Boston Convention Center from April 3-6. We have a booth in the .Org Pavilion and many folks from the American community will be there joining Mitch Pirtle, Andy Miller and Louis Landry from the core team. This expo will be the first time Joomla! has exhibited in the United States. Joomla! has become a globally recognized brand and highly-acclaimed by the open-source community generally in a very short time.
We announced the birth of baby Joomla! just over six months ago. During that time baby "J!" has matured into a highly-acclaimed, award-winning CMS of choice. Not a bad effort for something so new. Most of us know Joomla's heritage and the massive contributions made by developers and community members to further our aims and ensure its future.
For some time now we've been unable to accept donations to the Joomla! project — much to the frustration of many members of the community.